Twelfth Annual Cow of the Year Contest
Do you have a special animal on your farm? Is she a high producer, great flush cow, excellent brood cow, or just one that is a favorite for your family? The Cow of the year contest is for you. You can nominate any animal that you think deserves Cow of the Year recognition in Missouri.

This is a reminder of the requirements to participate. The winner will be voted on in the December Pulsator newsletter and the winner will be announced at the State Holstein Convention in January. A special traveling trophy and a personal award will be given.

2019 Requirements:

  1. Animal has to be bred & owned by nominator and be 87% RHA. May be adult or junior owned.
  2. Animal has to be alive on 1/1/19
  3. The animal must be nominated in any one of the four issues of the Pulsator Newsletter OR the Mid-States Holstein News with or without photos with indication of nomination in ad. Any size ad qualifies, but it must include the cow of the year logo in the ad.
  4. The animal must be a milking age female.
  5. Ballots will be in the Pulsator after the December Mid-States. Each paid adult or junior member, age 9 and up by January 1st (the year of the nominations) can vote. The ballots will include birthdates. Results will be given at the State Convention.

DEADLINE FOR ENTRY: The December issue of the Pulsator and the Mid-States is the final edition that an animal can be nominated for Cow of the Year. Pulsator deadline - Dec 1, 2019; Midstates deadline - NOVEMBER 20, 2019. Remember you must have an ad to nominate your cow.

You can nominate your Cow of the Year in the Pulsator this year! Let Jodi know ASAP if you would like to nominate in the September issue.




Several people are planning on attending as many meetings as possible to help inform members of activities and plans: Jodi Wright, Secretary; Katie Wantland, Jr Advisor; Tim Ewing, Holstein Field Rep; Tommy Scrivner, President. Meetings are scheduled for November.

Monday, November 18 South Central District
12 PM, Pizza Hut, Mtn. Grove

Monday, November 18 Southeast District
7 PM, Delmonicos Restaurant, Jackson, MO, Exit 99

Tuesday, November 19 Northeast Central District
11:30AM, Lucky's Cafe, 116. N. 4th St, Edina. Mtg @ 12:30

Tuesday, November 19 West Central District
7 PM, Apple Barrel @ Sapp Bros. Station @ Junction of 49 & 7, Harrisonville, MO

Wednesday, November 20 Southwest District
12 noon @ Heady's BBQ, Republic, MO


Would you like to know more about or enter the 2022 Futurity?

Do you have a nice young calf that is out of one of your good cow families? Do you think she might turn out to be a good cow someday? Well the Sho-Me Holstein Futurity is for YOU!

The Missouri Holstein Futurity consists of a one-time entry fee of $25 when calves are nominated and the cattle will be shown as Three-Year Olds.

All of the money collected for entry fees is split between the cattle shown the final year on a percentage basis. All of the extra money raised each year from donors is divided equally among all the entrants that show in the futurity.

So, if you have some heifers that were born between September 1, 2018 and August 31, 2019 then click on the 2022 3-Yr-Old Futurity Form below. check back for form. Entries will be due February 1, 2020. Print form and submit all entries and monies by FEBRUARY 1, 2020.

If you have any questions or would like me to mail you a form just fill out the request for information form at the bottom of the page.


2022 3 Yr Old Futurity Form (print on legal paper)
for heifers born Sept. 1, 2018 to Aug. 31, 2019

You will need Acrobat reader to view Futurity forms. You can download a free copy from Adobe Reader



Missouri Junior Holstein Association offers several opportunities for young members to get involved, receive awards and gain scholarships towards college. Please take the time to look through them and take advantage of what we have to offer. All applications are to be postmarked by December 7, 2019 and sent to Katie Wantland. Further instructions and requirements can be found on the applications for each award. Applications are available on the Missouri Holstein Website, or contact Katie for a paper or emailed copy. There are many awards available, if you just take the time to fill them out. Click on the Junior page to download applications or contact Katie Wantland at 417-872-5543 or Shannon Kleiboeker at 417-737-2876. They all have very good prizes associated with them, so it will definitely be worth your time!

Parents, please help us by encouraging your kids to take a little time and fill out the forms and send them in!! Following are the awards available:

  • Missouri Holstein Princess (ages 16 - 21)
  • Missouri Holstein Miss (ages 8 - 15)
  • MO Distinguished Junior Member (ages 8 - 15)
  • MO Distinguished Senior Member (ages 16 - 21)
  • Spring Classic Scholarship Award (College or High School Seniors)

ALSO - Lots of Internship and Scholarship opportunities on Jr. Page!


Pasture, Rangeland, Forage (Rainfall Index) program - Deadline NOV. 15

Pasture, Rangeland, and forages cover approximately 55 percent of all U.S. land. Forage grows differently in different areas, so it's important for farmers and ranchers to know which types and techniques work best for their region. The following insurance program is available for Pasture, Rangeland, and Forage (PRF).

PRF is an area-based plan of insurance that uses a rainfall index to determine losses and trigger indemnities. It is important for ranchers and farmers to understand that payments are not based on individual rain gauges on their farm or a single weather station. Online tools are available to assist producers to determine how well the program correlated with their past forage production on the RMA

For More Info: For more information regarding these programs, contact a qualified Crop Insurance Agent.

Northeast Missouri Production Sale
Friday, October 18, 2019: Sale Summary

NEMO SALE RESULTS: The Northeast Missouri (NEMO) Registered Holstein Production Sale was held October 18th in Memphis, Missouri. Sale average was $1363 with 53 live animal lots.

Topping the sale at $2300 was lot 52 R-Garman Aftershock Mia. Mia was confirmed Pg and Fresh in July going back to Goldwyn Marrita. Consigned by Rodney Garman and purchased by Lamar Oberholtzer, Rutledge, MO.

Missouri Dairy Business Monthly Update

Need to signup for the Newsletter!

Joe Horner, MU Dairy Extension Specialist, has published a monthly web publication presenting information on current dairy issues to people interested in the Missouri dairy industry for the past 19 years. If you have been receiving or looking at the web version on Joe's update this monthly publication will end in October 2019.

HOWEVER, A new MU Dairy Newsletter is being developed by MU's Reagan Bluel but new signup is required. Please click here to signup for the new monthly newsletter.

USDA Abruptly Halts Animal ID Plan

By: Greg Henderson, Dairy Herd Management Online, October 28, 2019
USDA’s Animal Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) announced Friday (Oct. 25) it has suspended its plan to phase-in the use of electronic ID (RFID) tags for cattle and bison.

APHIS said in a statement the policy shift was in response to executive orders from President Trump that have highlighted the need for transparency and communication of issues “before placing any new requirements on American farmers and ranchers.”

In April APHIS announced its plan for Animal Disease Traceability with a factsheet posted to its web site. The factsheet detailed USDA’s plan to transition to radio frequency identification (RFID) tags from metal ear tags for cattle and bison. At the time, USDA said it would stop providing free metal tags, though approved vendors would still be permitted to produce official metal tags for one year. On Jan. 1, 2021, USDA would end approval of vendor production of metal ear tags with the USDA shield.

The animal disease traceability (ADT) plan set January 1, 2023, as the date all animals that move interstate and fall into specific categories would need official, individual RFID tags. The plan specifically omitted feeder cattle.

In its statement withdrawing those regulations, APHIS said it has “listened to the industry’s feedback.” One of the loudest voices against RFID was heard earlier this month when R-CALF USA filed a lawsuit in federal district court in Casper, WY, seeking to halt the plan. Joining the suit were the New Civil Liberties Alliance and rancher plaintiffs Kenny and Roxie Fox of Belvidere, SD, and Tracy and Donna Hunt of Newcastle, WY. The suit alleged the proposed requirements were in opposition to USDA’s own policy that had previously allowed the use of a number of different kinds of identification including metal tags.

In its statement Friday, APHIS said the factsheet was removed because it “is no longer representative of current agency policy.” Despite the executive orders whitdrawing the ADT plan, APHIS acknowledged the continuing need for a national animal ID plan.

“While the need to advance a robust joint Federal-State-Industry Animal Disease Traceability (ADT) capability remains an important USDA-APHIS objective, we will take the time to reconsider the path forward and then make a new proposal, with ample opportunity for all stakeholders to comment,” the APHIS statement said. “We continue to believe that RFID devices will provide the cattle industry with the best protection against the rapid spread of animal diseases, as well as meet the growing expectations of APHIS said USDA’s goals to enhance ADT have not changed, and the agency aid to:

  • Encourage the use of electronic identification for animals that move interstate under the current ADT regulation;
  • Enhance electronic sharing of basic animal disease traceability data;
  • Enhance the ability to track animals from birth to slaughter; and
  • Increase the use of electronic health certificates

Click here for link to online article.

Women In Dairy


2020 WID Planning Meeting

Join us for the 2020 Planning Meeting for both groups! Join us @ The Hill in Springfield, MO for a delicious lunch, program planning, and friendship

When: Wed, November 13, 2019
Time: 11:00 AM - 2:00 PM
Where: The Hill-Italian Restaurant, 600 E Battlefield Rd, Springfield, MO
RSVP or questions: Reagan Bluel 417-847-3161 (text) or


Fun craft and Christmas get together

December Meeting - COMBINED

Join us for a joint fun and relaxing Christmas get together. We will learn how to make these 'barn quilt' blocks!

When: Wed, December 11, 2019
Where: Greene Co. Extension @ the Botanical Center, 2400 S. Scenic Ave., Springfield
Supplies for Block: There will be a small fee to cover the supplies needed for quilt block.
RSVP or questions: Reagan Bluel 417-847-3161 (text) or

ALSO: Bring a main dish and a side to share for lunch. I will provide drinks and paper products. We will meet at 10AM (or whenever you can make it) until about 2pm. (or whenever everyone is done)! So, let's make Merry and Bright and enjoy our fellow Women in Dairy. Bring a friend. The more the merrier!

Deadline: Put your Cow of the Year ad in for December!

Place your Cow of the Year Nomination!


Missouri Holstein is excited to announce we will provide advertising in the Pulsator Newsletter. The next issue will be coming out in September. Both full color and Black and White ad options are available and very affordable. Circulation is across the entire state of Missouri consisting of over 200 dairy farmers.

Do you have seed or hay to sell? Cattle that you would like to move? Bulls to sell or are you needing some springers? This is the place for you. We would love to help you with your advertising needs. We can take your ideas and design your ad.

Full Page (8.5" x 11") - $100
Half Page - $50
Quarter Page - $30

Full Page (8.5" x 11") - $80
Half Page - $40
Quarter Page - $20

Click Here for Ad details and reservation form

Contact Secretary, Jodi Wright ASAP to place your ad. 417-743-2921-2679 or


Dairy Margin Program

USDA Opens 2020 Enrollment for Dairy Margin Coverage Program; Ends Dec. 13, 2019

Dairy producers can now enroll in the Dairy Margin Coverage (DMC) for calendar year 2020. USDA’s Farm Service Agency (FSA) opened signup today (10/11) for the program that helps producers manage economic risk brought on by milk price and feed cost disparities.

The deadline to enroll in DMC for 2020 is Dec. 13, 2019.

Dairy farmers earned more than $300 million dollars from the program in 2019 so far. Producers are encouraged to take advantage of this very important risk management tool for 2020.

All producers who want 2020 coverage, even those who took advantage of the 25 percent premium discount by locking in the coverage level for five years of margin protection coverage are required to visit the office during this signup period to pay the annual administrative fee.

Dairy producers should definitely consider coverage for 2020 as even the slightest drop in the margin can trigger payments.

NEW:The Department has built in a 50 percent blend of premium and supreme alfalfa hay prices with the alfalfa hay price used under the prior dairy program to provide a total feed cost that more closely aligns with hay rations used by many producers. At a milk margin minus feed cost of $9.50 or less, payments are possible.

Information regarding DMC can be found here.
New Program 2019:
USDA Dairy Margin Coverage Program,
- January Rate: 7.71. Payment if buying $9.50 Insurance = $1.79 per cwt.
- February Rate: 7.91. Payment if buying $9.50 Insurance = $1.59 per cwt.
- March Rate: 8.66. Payment if buying $9.50 Insurance = $0.84 per cwt.
- April Rate: 8.82. Payment if buying $9.50 Insurance = $0.68 per cwt.
- May Rate: 9.00. Payment if buying $9.50 Insurance = $0.50 per cwt.
- June Rate: 8.63. Payment if buying $9.50 Insurance = $0.87 per cwt.
- July Rate: 9.27. Payment if buying $9.50 Insurance = $0.23 per cwt.
- August Rate: 9.85. Over the 9.50 threshold - no payment.
- September Rate: 10.41. Over the 9.50 threshold - no payment.


LATE FEE of $10/Membership
AFTER APRIL 14, 2019
Memberships received after June 1
do NOT qualify for State Sponsored Awards

You can pay dues ONLINE or MAIL!
before June 1 to qualify for association awards.

PAY ONLINE (click here)

PAY VIA MAIL (click here)


Adult membership dues are a flat fee of $50.00 per herd prefix.
For each additional individual member per prefix, an additional $25.00 per person.
Those adult members who do not own cattle pay $25.00 per membership.
Junior members pay $5.00 per membership.
Removed from Holstein USA Membership March 15.
Late Fee of $10.00 per adult membership April 15 or later.

A paid State Membership will reduce your registration fees 
and other Holstein Service fees. State Memberships are renewed annually for both Adult & Junior Members.

JUNIORS: If you are a Junior only member (your parents are not state association members, and you wish to receive the Mid-States Magazine then you must include $5 additional (per family) with your junior dues in order to receive the Mid-States.

Membership registration forms are available for download - Click HERE.
Please send completed forms and a check payable
to Missouri Holstein Association to:

Missouri Holstein Association
Jodi Wright, Secretary/Treasurer
11449 Lawrence 2220
Verona, MO 65769

For questions or more information, email



If you need a Missouri state member's phone, email
or address click on the link below.

2019 Missouri Membership List - By District

2019 Missouri Membership List - By Last Name


November 10 Mid-States Ad deadline

Nov. 11 Mid-East Fall National, Louisville, KY, Judge Chad Ryan, WI

November 13 Women in Dairy
November 18-20 State District Meetings

December 1 Ad deadline for Pulsator to Jodi

December 7 Deadline for Jr Award to Katie Wantland

December 13 Deadline to enroll in DMC for 2020

December 19 Ad deadline for Pulsator to Jodi

March 13, 2020 Hol USA Judges Conference, Maddox/RuAnn Dairy, CA

National Holstein Convention 2012

Scholarship Listings

Dairy Shrine Scholarships

FFA Scholarships

Robthom Farm, Springfield, MO:

Groves-View Dairy

Missouri Dairy Hall of Honors:

Missouri Dairy Business Update:

Missouri Dairymen’s Resource Guide:

Genex Custom Collection Services:

Missouri Dairy Association:

Dairy Agenda Today: Classifieds-Post and search for everything farm related: livestock, feed and used equipment

We would like to link our Missouri Holstein Members that have a webpage of their own to the Missouri Holstein Page. Would you like to have your page linked up with ours? Contact Jodi Wright through the feedback form and I'll explain how it will work. We'd love to have everyone listed. There is no cost to you for this service.


Tommy Scrivner
Phone: 417-543-0725

Vice President
Ryan Bilyeu

Jodi Wright
11449 Lawrence 2220
Verona, MO 65769

Director at Large
Scott Wilson


Mid-States Editor
Kate Geppert
4728 Co Rd 240
Kingdom City, MO 65262

National Director
Dwight Rokey
2021 F Road
Sabetha, Kansas 66534

Holstein Field Representative
Tim Ewing
4784 State Hwy PP
Fordland, MO 65652
417-818-MILK (6455)


If you would like more information on the following:

  • Cattle Available to Sell
  • Cattle Wanted to Buy
  • Consign cattle to State Sale
  • Request catalog for State Sale
  • Advertising in Mid-States Publication
  • Subscribing to Mid-States Publication
  • Senior Membership
  • Junior Membership
  • Show Entry forms
  • Information on Missouri Sho-Me Futurity
  • Want to advertise on Breeders Page on our website
  • Would like to link farm to Missouri Website
  • Other

Please email your request for information to the following email. Include the items you are interested in, your name, address, phone, and email.


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